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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 26, 2010 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1972 banter

Just for amusement, here's a few selected moments of banter from early '72, culled from deadlists....

1/2/72
Weir: You see it always happens like this. First part of the show everything's all busted down from last night. And we can't tell what it is until we find out it don't work anymore. And then we do our best to kind of chewing gum and bailing wire it back together. I mean it's sad, really sad back here.

Garcia: Well as usual we have another calamity in the first couple of numbers. Bobby's got a broken string so everybody can, you know, think nice thoughts. Look forward to the new year and all that. I mean you know, '72.

Weir: If you gotta throw clothes you could at least make it interesting.
Garcia: Socks. Amazing.

3/28/72
Lesh: Hey, for all you Alligator fans out there...we understand there's a lot of Alligator fans out there, but we done forgot it, see. And so we're gonna have to remember it sometime later, you know. (crowd chants Alligator)

4/11/72
Weir: We're gonna do our best to try to decide what to do next and then do it. (Garcia plays Tenn Jed lick.) Back home that's what's known as telegraphing the next song. By playing a characteristic lick out of it. Then the audience all know what you're going to play next. But seein' as you've never heard it before, there is no problem.
Garcia: (laughs) Why sure.

(Audience member yells "Alligator".) Weir: The guy hollering Alligator however is serious. He's dead serious. There's an alligator in the Academy of Music. He lives under, I think rows triple C and triple D. And he wakes up for the rock and roll shit. So there's always some dude back there hollering "Alligator! Alligator!" and everybody else thinks he's making a request.

4/17/72
Garcia: Bobby's got a broken string. He just broke a string in the middle of that last tune, so he's gonna change it and all that.
Lesh: You can stop the tapes.
Garcia: We're coasting to a start.

5/7/72
Weir: Listen. Up here that's all quite unintelligible. If it'd set any minds at ease, we done forgot St. Stephen. I mean we forgot it. We can't play it anymore. We don't know how. Water under the bridge. We may someday try to reconstruct it. You know, listen to the record and cop our licks. Until then you're gonna have to stand on your heads or something... Another equipment malfunction. Garcia's got to clean his glasses.

5/23/72
Weir: We'll be back in a few minutes and we're gonna play for a while. And I know your ticket reads from 7 til 12, but I know you'll forgive us if we go a little later tonight.

(to an audience request) Weir: You wouldn't recognize it anymay man.
Garcia: How much you wanna bet, I bet you wouldn't.
Weir: I bet we could slip it on ya and you'd never know. I'll bet you a pound.
Garcia: In fact, how do you know we haven't already done it?
Weir: I'll bet you a pack of Dunhills.

7/18/72
Weir: We're experiencing another modern miracle of the technical age. That being the occasional glimpse of a working piano over here. But about every 15 seconds we get plunged back into the dark ages where modern physical and electrical postulates, etc. no longer apply. {pause} Ladies and gentlemen we've located the problem. Turn it up, turn it up Keith so they can hear it {awful noise}. That's it. Tiny little electrical mice gnawing their way through the pickups you see. We got a big electronic cat after him. And we expect at any point now a swift and merciful end to their gnawing existence. You can while away the hours by turning to the guy next to you by hollering "Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up, Sit Down" until he gets the point.

Weir: You're going to have to enunciate more clearly. Alligator? Did you say Alligator? ...
Lesh: What already, what. Like the man says, y'all gonna have to enunciate more clearly. Or at least get together. We don't do that tune no more, man. It done faded away in the mists of time. Besides, if y'all shut up, we can tune up easier.... As you all might have figured out by now, we can't do any Pigpen songs because Pigpen ain't here.

8/20/72
Weir: Is the PA loud enough out there?
Lesh: Well you see, the reason you folks down there can't hear it is because it's all going out there, and you guys are sitting down here, see. Tough luck.
Weir: Well that's the price you pay for a front row seat.
Lesh: That's the price you pay for getting to look at everybody so close.

8/21/72
Weir: The sooner y'all quit barking orders at us, the sooner our heads are gonna clear and we'll be able to think of what we're going to do next. That ain't necessarily true. Cause every now and again...somebody hollers something that gives us an idea.

8/22/72
Garcia: Yeah, we'll get into all that top 40 shit later man. Don't even worry about it.

8/25/72
Weir: Every year in Kentucky they have what's known as a hollering contest where -
Garcia: This ain't Kentucky man. It's Berkeley.
Weir: This is the focal point of the dissemination of knowledge you know, and I just thought I'd lay a little on them.
Garcia: He had roses for lunch.

9/26/72
Weir: Listen. I don't know how you'd like it if we stood up here all night and barked orders at you. Stand up, sit down, stand up, turn around, stand on your hands.
Garcia: They'd probably dig it man.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 27, 2010 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter


Thanks a bundle LiA

I needed a good chuckle, always love the banter

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Poster: snori Date: Apr 27, 2010 3:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter

There's some really funny banter on 04/14/72 which begins with Phil telling the audience that they don't have to clap along, but it's fine if they want to, 'we just won't play at that tempo'. It ends up with a show of hands as to how many people in the audience can understand what they're saying.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Apr 27, 2010 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter

I was just listening to that, and wondered what they meant - they seemed to be insulting the audience - then I realized it was Copenhagen so presumably some in the audience didn't speak English.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 27, 2010 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter

That 8/25 bit , I don't think I have ever heard Garcia sound so stoned on stage !

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Apr 27, 2010 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter

I love the banter on 7/26/72. Phil: "you've got the wrong band, man. Don't believe everything you read in Time magazine." The boys seem very loose this night.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Apr 27, 2010 5:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972 banter

Good stuff LiA!!

Another equipment malfunction....Garcia's gotta clean his glasses!! LOL

This post was modified by Finster Baby on 2010-04-27 12:01:18